"Genuinely brilliant expertise wedded to a caring and thoughtful approach that makes it truly peerless"

- Legal 500

We are a specialist family law firm with an enviable reputation for dealing with all aspects of separation, divorce, civil partnerships, nuptial agreements and children issues.

Our experience and outstanding client service is recognised with consistent top rankings for family law in the North in the respected legal guides Legal 500 and Chambers UK.  The latter describes Silk Family Law as “worthy of national recognition”.

Operating from offices in the heart of Newcastle city centre, in the tranquil surroundings of Aske Stables, on the Zetland Estate, North Yorkshire (close to the A1) and on Park Row, Leeds, we also see clients in consulting rooms in York and London.

Services we offer...

Divorce & Separation

Going through separation or divorce can be incredibly painful and the practical and financial consequences far-reaching.

Nuptial Agreements & Asset Protection

If you and your partner enter into a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, you can determine in advance how your assets will be shared should you separate.


Disagreement can occur when it comes to making decisions about the future arrangements for children.


Statistics show that cohabiting couples are also far more likely to separate than those who are married.

Financial Provision

The resolution of financial issues upon divorce can often be complex, requiring an understanding of accounts, pensions, trusts and tax issues.

Injunctions & Emergency Relief

We act swiftly and decisively to obtain protection against domestic violence, the removal of children from the jurisdiction and the dissipation of financial assets.

Civil Partnerships

The dissolution of Civil Partnerships can raise difficult legal issue which we can help to resolve.

Inheritance Claims

Our specialist team has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in advising on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

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Court of Appeal considers family court’s approach to domestic abuse

Domestic abuse has soared during lockdown, so it is timely that the Court of Appeal will shortly be issuing new guidance to family court judges on th...

How to secure legal advice and representation when your spouse controls the family income

We often receive calls from people in need of legal advice who are, for varied reasons, entirely financially dependent upon their husband or wife. Th...

Lockdown driving business innovation while court alternatives can help legal cases progress faster

As the full legal and economic implications of Brexit and the pandemic begin to emerge, it is clear we’ll be living with the impacts for many y...

Is my pre-nuptial agreement still valid if my wedding is delayed due to the pandemic?

As we face yet another lockdown in England, many couples are dealing with the misfortune of having to delay their wedding for a second, or even a thi...

Cohabitation rights: the “common law marriage” myth and its wider family impacts

One of the biggest misconceptions in family law is that a ‘common law marriage’ exists in England and Wales. With one in eight people aged ov...

We can’t agree over where our child will spend Christmas

Silk Family Law solicitor Carly Hope recently shared her tips on reaching an amicable agreement over where children will spend Christmas: 'How to agr...

How to agree Christmas contact arrangements

Having helped numerous families plan for child contact over Christmas, Silk Family Law solicitor Carly Hope shares her tips on agreeing Christmas con...

5 tips for helping teenagers deal with divorcing parents

Blog by Carly Hope, solicitor Separation is difficult for the whole family to deal with, particularly teenagers. If you are parents of teenag...

Parental Alienation – lockdown bringing new challenges to an old problem

Whenever parents separate, children are all too often the innocent victims being caught up in their parents’ acrimony. Whilst most separated parent...

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Silk Family Law – latest COVID19 Coronavirus updates

Silk Family Law continues to act for individuals meeting the challenges of separation and divorce throughout the pandemic. General information, sup...